Showing posts from April, 2011

Met Undercover Snatch and Grab Squad at Soho Square - April 29

have a look at this vid. appears to be a number of plain clothes (possibly TSG, SO15, maybe even army...fat, steroidal... definitely not London Met) snatching an individual for singing - the rest are British transport police except one chap with a clipboard who is also TSG (U on the shoulder).

Indigenous fight for the Great Lakes Commons with water walk

(Water commons stuff at 3 mins in)

Deterritorialization may mean to take the control and order away from a land or place (territory) that is already established. It is to undo what has been done. For example, when the Spanish conquered the Aztecs, the Spanish eliminated many symbols of Aztec beliefs and rituals. Reterritorialization usually follows, as in the example when the Spanish replaced the traditional structures with their own beliefs and rituals


I am so conscious that indigenous America was deterritorialized, without romanticising indigenous societies which had plenty of faults, I am so aware that they were destroyed and a new map put over the northern bit of what some people call Turtle much was commodified by European settlers as William Cronon has shown.

Indigenous commons is a powerful tool for protecting the environment and providing for human needs. My take on how we can create a commons based economy is here, alas the Sustainable Development Commi…

5th May, ULU, Right to protest meeting with Alfie Meadows, Fortnum & Mason occupiers etc


05 May · 18:30 - 21:30
University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, WC1
Created by:
Right To Protest, Hannah Dee, Susan MatthewsShow all (7)
More info
Speakers to include:
ALFIE MEADOWS-arrested protester
NINA POWER Senior Lecturer and journalist
LAURIE PENNY Journalist New Statesman

Plus others -

University of London Union (ULU)
Malet street

Preemptive raids on protesters before the Royal Wedding.....Alfie Meadows who underwent surgery after been hit by a police baton charged with violent disorder......Fortnum and Masons protesters charged with aggravated trespass......attacks on political groups on face book. This must stop! Please come along and help organise a response to these attacks on our right to protest

"These raids and arrests are outrageously disproportionate and demonstrate the decline that has…

Term 'Radical Media' copy write, protest on tuesday!

It has come to our attention that you are using the RADICAL MEDIA trademark to advertise a conference to be held in central London on 8th and 9th October 2011. This conference is not an event licensed by @radical and you will therefore appreciate that your use of the RADICAL MEDIA registered trademark constitutes an infringement and passing-off of @radical’s valuable intellectual property rights.

@radical does not take lightly any misuse of its intellectual property, unauthorised association with their programs of with itself and any possible damage to the reputation, goodwill and earnings of the same.

Accordingly, we therefore require that you immediately cease all use of the RADICAL MEDIA trademark to promote your conference, that you remove and destroy all offending materials from distribution and from all websites developed for your use (including Facebook and Twitter pages) and that you confirm to us in writing that this has been done.

Good illustration of the madness of enclosure. …

List of the fifty Facebook sites closed on Royal Wedding day

FB, etc, they do what they are told, whether in China or UK or world with elites in control!

Open Birkbeck
UWE Occupation
Chesterfield Stopthecuts
Camberwell AntiCuts
IVA Womensrevolution
Tower Hamlets Greens
No Cuts
ArtsAgainst Cuts
London Student Assembly
Beat’n Streets
Roscoe ‘Manchester’ Occupation
Bristol Bookfair
Newcastle Occupation
Socialist Unity
Whospeaks Forus
Ourland FreeLand
Bristol Ukuncut
Teampalestina Shaf
Notts-Uncut Part-of UKUncut
No Quarter Cutthewar
Bootle Labour
Claimants Fightback
Ecosocialists Unite
Comrade George Orwell
Jason Derrick
Anarchista Rebellionist
BigSociety Leeds
Slade Occupation
Anti-Cuts Across Wigan
Firstof Mayband
Don’t Break Britain United
SWP Cork
Westiminster Trades Council
York Anarchists
Rock War
Sheffield Occupation
Central London SWP
North London Solidarity
Southwark Sos
Save NHS
Rochdale Law Centre
Goldsmiths Fights Back
Occupy Monaco

Sign up for solidarity with censored Ecosocialist FB

The Ecosocialist United Facebook group has been taken down as part of purge of 50 groups on royal wedding day.

Britain is like Bahrain!

Please provide solidarity and sign up to the Ecosocialist list on the web!

Mumia Abu-Jamal death sentence reversed.

MOVE people were not middle class. Many of them were high-school dropouts. Many of them were mothers without husbands. Or young men who refused any inducement to 'fit in'. Yet they had the nerve to critique the system. To reject it and to set up, in place of its rules, guidelines for living that reflected their own beliefs.

The people of MOVE are proof that poor people, not just upper- and middle-class whites and blacks who become hippies, are capable of intelligently perceiving and analyzing American life, politically and socially, and of devising and attempting to follow a different - and, to them, better - way. But because they are poor and black, this is not acceptable behavior to middle-class whites and blacks who think all poor black people should be happy with jherri curls, mindless (and lying) TV shows, and Kentucky fried chicken.

This is not to condone the yelping of fifty to sixty dogs in the middle of the night, dogs MOVE people rescued from the streets (and probable …


Great to be back at the London Socialist Film Coop, catch me next sunday, companeros!

Alexandra Posada and Andre Camargo
global release 2009 [E], DVD, 21 mins
Made for Sustain Labour and the
International Trade Union Confederation,
the video was first launched at the COP 15
Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen
and showcases trade unions’ concrete
experiences, challenges, opportunities and
commitments for action on climate change.
It features contributions from over 45 trade
union organisations from all over the world.
The environment, employment, social
justice and a just transition are all part of
the same fight.

Andy Birchlbaum and Mike Bonanno
France/UK/US 2009 [12A], DVD, 87 mins
Following the popular success of their
previous film, The Yes Men ( 2003), the two
gonzo political activists return to squeeze
raucous comedy out of all the ways that
corporate greed is destroying the planet.
Posing as top executives of giant corp…


going to stay in and practice my Spanish, did think of going to this but hey its a trek into to the city but if you are going enjoy and stay safe.

Hello everyone

The timetable is as follows:

1-7pm (or until it rains!): ANTI-MONARCHY STREET PARTY with punch, cake, music and even some performances! Underneath the 'Christ Life' sign

7-10pm: ROYAL WEDDING? WOT A JOKE! Stand up comics, spoken word and performance poetry, acoustic music, open mic and even a DJ!

There will be a bar serving drinks all day...

Come on down and check it out, it'll be way better than the charade in Westminster!

Social Centre Plus
124 Deptford High St (underneath the 'Christ Life' sign)

Royal Wedding arrests continue as Chris Knight taken in

Chris Knight was arrested yesterday in case he took part in street theatre during the Royal Wedding.

Says it all about Britain today.

Let me make it clear. This is a day of celebration, joy and pageantry for Great Britain. Any criminals attempting to disrupt it - be that in the guise of protest or otherwise - will be met by a robust, decisive, flexible and proportionate policing response.

Part of the operation includes taking action before the day wherever possible to help us to achieve our aims of safety and security.

We have been working closely with officers investigating recent demonstrations in London and as you are aware bail conditions have been imposed on over 60 arrested people, including that they will not be allowed to enter [central] London on the day of the wedding.

I can also confirm that as part of the investigation into the TUC demonstration and the subsequent disorder that took place, since 18 April six people have been arrested for a range of offences. The work of the in…

Repression rises as cops shut down community film in Bristol

One said " I always thought the police were to protect us, when they showed up in riot vans and clothes, then blocked all 3 exits to the park; I got to feel like a criminal. I just brought my son to watch a movie and involve him in community discussion"

Comment on St Werburghs film showing....yes we do live in a police state, look at all the secret police infiltrating activist groups and political parties!

Hey not as many secret police as Libya but quite a few.

Protest the Royal Wedding and you get clapped in irons.

Alfie Meadows injured by the police charged with assault.

Lots of lovely dictators at the wedding.

In Bristol show a dissident film and get rounded keep tescopoly in power!

Incidentally lived in St Werburghs and fought Tescopoly in Bristol.

There seems to be a confrontation building in St Werburghs this evening. Police turned up and stopped the Occasional Cinema event in Mina Road Park, presumably because of the planned showing of the first full film on the Sto…

Police shut down dissident film in Bristol

Hey not as many secret police as Libya but quite a few.

Protest the Royal Wedding and you get clapped in irons.

Alfie Meadows injured by the police charged with assault.

Lots of lovely dictators at the wedding.

In Bristol show a dissident film and get rounded keep tescopoly in power!

Incidentally lived in St Werburghs and fought Tescopoly in Bristol.

There seems to be a confrontation building in St Werburghs this evening. Police turned up and stopped the Occasional Cinema event in Mina Road Park, presumably because of the planned showing of the first full film on the Stokes Croft riot of 21st/22nd April.

Windsor and Slough Against the Cuts March –, 7th May

Are you worried about cuts to the fire service?

Is your job under threat because of the cuts?

Are you angry that bank bailouts are being paid for by the destruction of local services?

Join the march against cuts.

Saturday, 7th May.

Slough to Windsor.

Meet Salt Hill Park, 11AM


Interesting article on Salafism in Gaza

Interesting article on Salafism in Gaza.

The Saudi oil state armed to the teeth by the US and UK, addicted to oil and the most regressive type of Islam is the source.

Anyway on to article:

Traditional Salafism arrived in Gaza in the 1970s when Palestinian students returned from religious schools in Saudi Arabia. To this day Salafi groups in Gaza receive support from Saudi sources. According to Crisis Group, some, like the Ibn Baz Islamic society, are named after Saudi sheikhs. In the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority has allowed Salafi groups to receive funds from Saudi Arabia as well. Fatah and the PA hoped the Salafis could pose an Islamic counterweight to Hamas. Crisis Group reports: "Salafists have enjoyed the support of Fatah, which appointed them to PA institutions in an effort to compete with Hamas, and have voiced no opposition to the presidency of Mahmoud Abbas, whom they consider the wali al-amr (ruler)." As recently as last year, the PA reportedly appointed Salafi…

Green Party video argues Education is not for sale


Earth First! and the anti-roads movement

Book of my phd (that's put you off) from 1999, its not cheap so if you are interested try and may be get a library copy.

Earth First! UK dropped the deep ecology, fought the road menace and morphed into Reclaim the Streets, anti-globalization movement and ultimately Climate Camp...

Review here, review was from Amazon but if you do buy books go for Housemans or Bookmarks or Word Power or News from Nowhere:

I arrived in politics at the tail end of this movement - in the first few years of this century - when all the people were still buzzing from its excitement, and felt that they were still part of something alive and special. Its zenith was already past, and as a movement with real disruptive and popular force it had already ceased to register as it once did. (Though a recent "Earth Liberation Front" action, and a spate of GM test-site trashings are testament to its continued existence in some form.)

This is the only volume to attempt an academic survey of Earth First! and…

Green Party member risks 10 years in jail for spoof website

Climate activist Kevin Lister has been threatened with a possible 10 years in prison for a spoof website that said that an air tatoo had been cancelled.

Wreck the environment and you get a medal, protect it and you are an enemy.

I still very bitter how the indigenous people at Bagua were killed with impunity so that corporations could cut into the Peruvian Amazon for protest of course by the UK government at the time (yes I mean you Chris Bryant!).

People like Kevin are heros....over to Kevin.

Police Statement
My name is Kevin Lister, and I am writing this statement in response to my arrest in August of 2010 on charges of fraud and criminal damage.

I was interviewed in August 2010 were I answered all questions put. I was first bailed to appear in October, then November, then January, then March and now April. No charges have yet been pressed against me and this statement is in preparation for my return bail hearing on the 12th April and in place of any interview.

The fraud allegati…

Amazon indigenous call GM crop plan an assault on Mother Earth

Its later than you think, there is a very serious crisis on our planet and most environmental action is proving tokenistic and irrelevent.

However indigenous people are fighting for ecology, while we must reject romantic bullshit, indigenous can get things badly wrong as well, because indigenous people depend on local environments they have generally found ways of managing them ecologically.

Green Parties and environmental groups should focus on indigenous solidarity as a priority.

I have been very impressed by the high level of organisation and shrewd strategy of Aidesep which is the organisation of Peruvian Amazon people.

Viva Aidesep and Viva Hugo Blanco if you read Spanish please look at Hugo's newspaper Indigenous Struggle here!

This is a recent Aidesep statement rejecting a government decree for gm crops in Peru, I have translated it crudely from Spanish....again if you read Spanish have a look at the original.

Indigenous organisations claim that proposed introduction of gm is in…

'My mother was a suffragette' says oldest Green Party election candidate

Long time campaigner and Green party member, Edith East, is proud to be
standing for Medway council in next months full local election in her
home ward of Walderslade. She has been an activist most of her adult
life and this year volunteered to be the Green candidate in her ward.
Edith reaches a respectable 90 years old in October this year but feels
that age should not be a barrier in politics, any more than in other
walks of life.

Edith says "I know some people may not approve of me because of my age
but with age comes experience, so I have a lot of that!"

As well as being a Green party member Edith also supports Greenpeace
(she spent her 87 birthday on board the Rainbow Warrior when it came to
the Medway Towns), Amnesty International and CND. In fact Edith
regularly visited Greenham Common in support of the women camped out there.

Edith added "My mother was a suffragette so I suppose you could say
political activism is in my blood. I hope my standing encourages other

Lowkey 'Where does hip hop live?'


Greens fight in 1,600 seats on anti-cuts platform.

The Green Party of England and Wales is running 1,600 candidates in the local elections. This is a fantastic achievement for a party with 12,000 members. I am standing in Winkfield and Cranbourne ward and like many Greens I face just Conservative and Labour candidates, many Liberal Democrats have with drawn and the BNP is only running in a third of the seats it contested in 2010.

There will be a squeeze with Labour riding higher in the polls than they have done for five years but the Lib Dems are slumping and as I say often not contesting seats and we have been boosted by the election of our first MP, Caroline Lucas, who does a fantastic job.

I reckon Easton and Ashley wards in Bristol, I have lived in both wards in the 1980s and 90s, could go green.

Brighton will also seen Green victories, Brunswick where Phelim Mac Cafferty and Ollie Sykes are up against the Lib Dems is a real target.

Redhill, where we were just a few votes from gaining a second councillor should see victories.

Local a…

Royal Wedding Dictators invite list

"William Hague approved royal dictators?" asks Peter Tatchell

Palace said it acted with FCO agreement

"Exceedingly poor judgement, an insult to the victims of royal repression"

Invitations should be withdrawn - Tyrants not welcome

London - 25 April 2011

"St James's Palaceclaims the Queen invited eight royal dictators to the royal wedding with the agreement of the Foreign Office. This approval was presumably sanctioned by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

"William Hague should come clean about the advice he gave the Queen. If he did authorise wedding invitations to these eight royal tyrants, he has shown exceedingly poor judgement and has insulted the victims of royal repression," added Mr Tatchell.

St James's Palace has defended the wedding list, insisting the Foreign Office had approved it. "Invitations are extended from the Queen following the lo…

Torturers are us!

We know how it works, the secret services and police find vulnerable people and lean on them. Ends are said to justify means.

You might know somebody is innocent but pressure can be put on them to use as an assett.

Wikileaks for backing up what is known with solid documentation is enemy number one for the US.

A number of British nationals and residents were held for years even though US authorities knew they were not Taliban or al-Qaida members. One Briton, Jamal al-Harith, was rendered to Guantánamo simply because he had been held in a Taliban prison and was thought to have knowledge of their interrogation techniques. The US military tried to hang on to another Briton, Binyam Mohamed, even after charges had been dropped and evidence emerged he had been tortured.

Expect more soon.

Bolivia Celebrates Law Granting Rights to Mother Earth

Bolivia Celebrates Law Granting Rights to Mother Earth

LA PAZ, Bolivia, April 20, 2011 (ENS) - Bolivia today marked the International Day of Mother Earth with a ceremony in the Plaza Murillo, the center of political power. An ancient ritual shared center stage with speeches in which authorities in this Andean nation extolled the Law of Mother Earth - the world's first legislation that grants to all nature rights equal to humans.

President Evo Morales, the first indigenous leader of Bolivia, is the architect of the Law of Mother Earth. Supported by politicians as well as nongovernmental organizations, the law is expected to easily pass the National Congress where Morales' ruling party, the Movement Towards Socialism, has a majority in both houses.

Today's event was attended by representatives of the executive branch and legislators, diplomats, indigenous peoples and peasants.

Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca told the crowd, "In Bolivia we seek a return to balance, a …

Joe Glenton 'Vote Green on May 5th’

Lucky to count Joe Glenton as a personal friend.

He told me a few weeks back about his time in prison for refusing to fight a second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he said in military prison he had a lot of support and understanding for other soldiers.

And he returned his medal as a protest against the war.

Really proud to know ex-military comrades like my amigo Shane who is a Kansas based radical and ex-Marine.

Joe is urging people to vote green in the elections on May 5th including me, I am standing in Winkfield and Cranbourne ward of Bracknell Forest Council.

‘Vote Green on May 5th’, urges Anti-war campaigner Joe Glenton.

Prominent anti-war campaigner Joe Glenton, who hit national headlines in 2009 for refusing to serve in the war in Afghanistan, has urged voters to support the Green Party in May’s local elections.

Glenton, who is from York, said that he had been convinced that the Green Party represented the only electoral option to the ConDems government’s program of cuts and wa…

Oppose racist 'March for England' 11am, Brighton station, today

If you want to celebrate St George's Day then go and have a picnic on the Downs somewhere. Despite what you may think no group of 'Muslamics' is going to descend on you to stop you celebrating.
DON'T march through our town, we don't want it and despite what you say you are only doing it to be confrontational. You're all about as 'patriotically English' as Adolf Hitler. You want to raise money? Rent a hall and have a jumble sale.

comment from local resident

St Georges day is fine, the man was a very multi-cultural icon, a Palestinian who opposed Roman rule if I have my history right for an emergency blog on a sunday morning.

However St Georges day has tend to fall close of Hitler's Birthday and has long been a day for the ultra racist right to rally.

They seem to be trying to make this an annual event in Brighton.

Anti-racists are assembling at 11am this morning at Brighton rail station to oppose the 'March for England', if you can please join the…

Nine Queens

Just rewatched 'Nine Queens' excellent Argentinean film about two con men.

A cast of interesting characters, lots of twists.

Gets you thinking too of the spectral nature of money and the way banks are rather more dangerous to most people than bank robbers.

Ok its got a narrative but shows you can have films beyond Planet Hollywood.

Watch and enjoy.

As this review from Novel Adventures (a pretty cool culture blog) notes it has something special:

Then there’s Buenos Aires, a gorgeous city. It has some dodgy areas, of course, but the architecture, plazas, gardens, and waterfronts give the Paris of the Americas a special beauty. None of this is clearly shown in Nueve Reinas which is a tad disappointing. It certainly would have been a great way to show the city at its best. But what this movie does do brilliantly is depict the Argentine sensibilities and humor while running with one storyline and having another, more complicated story, simmer just below the surface.


Derek Wall 'In a desert of eco bullshit, climate camp is an oasis of real action.'

Climate Camp has set up in a closed down school in Lewes.


St. Anne’s School (disused)
Rotten Row
East Sussex

Its happening now and you should get down there asap because they need numbers to hold it and make it happen.

In a desert of eco bullshit, climate camp is an oasis of real action.

please if you love your planet get down to Lewes, easy by train from London.


Anti-Tesco riot video

Analysis from Laurie Penny here

Mark Bergfeld wins NUS post

Sadly my good friend Mark only came third for NUS President but I have just heard from him that he was elected as a part time member of the NUS executive.

A victory for the (green) left.

Mark is not of course a member of the Green Party but he has researched climate justice for his masters and is a good socialist with a strong concern for ecological issues.

Good news!


Date: Tuesday 26 April 2011

Time: 11.30 a.m.

Place: RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre


On Tuesday Keith Taylor will be visiting Kent to sign the Natura 2000 pledge at the RSPB’s Dungeness Nature Reserve. The reserve is part of the European-wide Natura 2000 network.

Keith is supporting the campaign against the proposed expansion of nearby Lydd Airport, which will have an impact on the reserve, and has written to the Secretary of State to voice his objections.

Keith said: “This exceptional part of Kent is recognised as a Natura 2000 site, protected by EU environmental laws, because it’s one of the most sensitive wildlife habitats in the UK. Dungeness is home to exceptionally fragile communities of animals and over 600 species of plants – a third of all plants found in the UK. It’s a privilege to visit such a unique place which is facing a deeply worrying threat from the proposed expansion of Lydd airport, which I a…

Green Party condemns new sale of Britain's forests

_40,000 hectares still
to be sold, with no guarantee on the rest_

Defra recently announced that
the plan to sell off 15% of England's public forest - started under the
last government, and which was never subject to consultation but merely
postponed (1) - is to go ahead within the span of the spending review (2).
This means that 40,000 hectares will be sold within the next four years,
with no genuine guarantee on the future of England's remaining 218,000
hectares. (3)

The coalition's apparent u-turn on the forestry sale was
heralded as a victory of people power, with Environment Secretary Caroline
Spelman apologising in the House of Commons, saying "I am sorry, we got
this one wrong - but we have listened to people's concerns". (4) While
campaigners were rightly proud that the government seemed to have listened
to them, the fight is far from over.

This recent announcement, quietly
slipped out, unmasks the 'u-turn' as a mere stunt. The future of our forest
is far fr…

Bill Hicks 'We let the little demons run amok'

Bill Hicks love the man.

Very sad he died so young.

Excellent attack on advertising.

In the USA more cash is spent on advertising than education.

Then he gets on to fundamentalism, sex, forgiveness, the man.....

Great Bill Hicks movie here, watch and learn.

Derek Wall: “Green politics is the most important thing and one of the most difficult."

Derrida said that the meaning of a word was always deferred. He meant that words have meaning only in contrast to other words. Black makes no sense without white and so on. The search for the meaning of a word goes on forever.

Sometimes it seems that green politics is always deferred. Just when you think you have reached an example of green politics, you see a flaw and look for another example and so on.

This is because green politics goes deeply against the rhythm and grain of the world we live in, the world of the throw away planet. We have a civilisation, if you can call it that, which seems profoundly uncivilised to my mind, based on taking the resources of our beautiful planet, turning them into commodities and throwing the goods produced away, so the cycle can begin again.

Work, consume, throw away is the religion of the age and those who speak against it are heretics. Nobody likes to be a heretic, so greens like the rest of humanity are tempted to bend with the wind of market pres…

Like Rudi never died

Mark Bergfeld, who came 3rd in this year's UK National Union of Students' presidency election.

"For a fighting NUS!"

Filmed April 13th at the 2011 NUS National Conference, in Gateshead, Newcastle. His final speech before voting opened.

NUS is sewn up by career politicians, the lowest of the low.

No nice jobs on a dead planet, stooges!

However Mark Bergfeld raised the flag of rebellion!

Good for him!

Hat tip to the ever exciting DSG.

Rudi Rudi Rudi!

Malcolm X no sell out!

'They take one little word out of what you say
Ignore all the rest
And then begin to magnify it all over the world
To make you look like what you actually aren't.'

This is a bit 1980s poptastic but still fabulous.

Like Malcolm X, I mean he was fablulous not poptastic....

He evolved amazingly politically from Nation of Islam to an appreciation of Islam and to socialist politics that went beyond race.

Like so many 1960s leaders he died in a hail of bullets.

Still worth reading, very sharp thinker and shows that political awareness moves and is not fixed.

A tribute to Vittorio Arrigoni (1975-2011)

As some one said 'there are some fucked up salifists in Gaza' and constant pressure from the IDF.

Sad and terrible.

Hat tip to teifidancer here

Derek Wall at Keep Our Forests public rally

Saturday May 14
Keep Our Forests Public.

Rally/walk at Whiteways car park on A29 north of Arundel at 12 noon. F

eaturing speakers Marion Shoard (writer), Tony Whitbread (director Sussex Wildlife Trust) and Derek Wall (forner principal speaker of Green Party).

Worthing meet-up for lift-sharing at Beechwood Hall, Wykeham Road, Worthing, 11am.

Hotel open for coffee/breakfast from 8am but book ahead by Thursday May 12 for food.

Murdoch media attacks the Green Party

While Palestinian, Israeli and international non-violent protesters who
march against Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories are
literally showered in sewage, beaten, arbitrarily arrested and sometimes
killed by Israeli forces, the battle against non-violent resistance has
taken its own ugly form in Australia.

Supporters of the non-violent global boycott, divestment and sanctions
(BDS) movement — especially members of the Greens — have been subjected
to abuse in a deliberate national campaign of misinformation and slurs
orchestrated against them. It has questioned their values and integrity
and falsely accused them of anti-Semitism.

The war on BDS is part of a concerted effort to sabotage Palestinian and
Israeli non-violent resistance against Israel’s 43-year-old illegal
occupation and its 63 years of discrimination against non-Jewish Israeli

Full article at


Sunday 17 April 2011, 2PM at Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

To mark the one year anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, join us for ‘The great BP-sponsored sleep-in’, a 4-minute flashmob art installation inside Tate Modern. Imagine the turbine hall of this former power station filled with BP-branded sleeping figures, who will soon wake from their BP-sponsored coma to sound the climate alarm.

BP’s greenwash is sleepwalking us into the climate crisis. BP sponsors galleries like Tate to try and clean up its tarnished image, and distract us from its devastating activities around the world. Every pound of dirty oil money accepted by Tate helps legitimise a long legacy of environmental destruction and human rights abuses. It’s time to take off the blindfold, rub the sponsorship sleep from our eyes, and give Tate and BP a wake-up call.

This family friendly event will highlight BP’s sponsorship to the public, and show that we are not prepared to stand by as the Tate helps BP g…

A Cockermouth man believes he is the oldest candidate standing in this year’s local elections.

Michael Baron, 82, of South Street, is representing the Green Party in the town’s Christ Church ward.

Mr Baron, who has been a member of the Allerdale and Copeland Green party for five years, wants to raise the profile of green and environmental issues.

He said: “We will be looking to promote pro-green issues because we have to look at things like climate change. We have to change our lifestyle.

“We are also the only party opposing the construction of a deep nuclear waste depository in West Cumbria.”

Mr Baron said the party was becoming more prominent in West Cumbria and nationally.

He said: “Our performance in the by-election following the retirement of Les Lytollis in August was respectable.

“I just hope we can clock up some votes and put up a good show.”

The party will field another six candidates in Allerdale at this year’s local elections.

Only two candidates stood for election four years ago, but this year the party equals the number of Liberal Democrats standing.

Jill Perry and Geoff Sm…

Green Party broadcast says no to the cuts!

Great anti-cuts broadcast.

'as surely as Charlie Sheen generates gossip?'

In Praise of Marx

By Terry Eagleton

Praising Karl Marx might seem as perverse as putting in a good word for the Boston Strangler. Were not Marx's ideas responsible for despotism, mass murder, labor camps, economic catastrophe, and the loss of liberty for millions of men and women? Was not one of his devoted disciples a paranoid Georgian peasant by the name of Stalin, and another a brutal Chinese dictator who may well have had the blood of some 30 million of his people on his hands?

The truth is that Marx was no more responsible for the monstrous oppression of the communist world than Jesus was responsible for the Inquisition. For one thing, Marx would have scorned the idea that socialism could take root in desperately impoverished, chronically backward societies like Russia and China. If it did, then the result would simply be what he called "generalized scarcity," by which he means that everyone would now be deprived, not just the poor. It would mean a recycling of "t…

AV, Hilary says yes, Kevin says no

Do you think that AV will exclude creative minorities even more effectively than the first past the post system?

At least, tactically, a genuine proportional representation system might allow more space for voices from beyond the mainstream. But the proposed Alternative Vote (AV) system isn’t proportionate. Instant run-off voting is designed to make the current ‘first-past-the-post’ system seem more acceptable, but like all elections where the winner takes all, it only creates the false impression of majority support. In fact, AV is more likely to squeeze out any minority parties, reduce the impact of protest votes and reinforce the blandness of political debate.

Or do you think that AV is a huge improvement on first past the post?

A ‘No’ vote to electoral reform would send out all the wrong messages, and be trumpeted as evidence that the British public is broadly content with our politics. Worse still, it might derail existing commitments to see PR introduced for the second chamber. It …

The Green Party is marching steadily towards being a credible party

Some on the whole wise words from Green Party member Brian Orr, hey I am less pessimistic and I don't agree with him on population and I think we still have our roots (I know I do) but worth reading comments welcome!

The Green Party is marching steadily towards being a credible party
with a prospect of slowly becoming
a genuine factor in British politics (with AV being of zero
consequence here for the present).

Tragically this is the view, almost universally held within and
without the Green Party, as per the 99% prevailing
"business more or less as usual until the end of time" paradigm.

Never mind that the world's ecological footprint is currently
exceeding "sustainable income" by some 40% and growing.
Never mind that we are rushing headlong into a multiple tipping point
scenario of uncontrollable climate change with virtually
no signs of bringing our greenhouse gas emissions down.
Never mind the biggest economy in the world is looking like it may
have to default…


The Coalition of Resistance is organising a European conference against Austerity, Cuts and Privatisation, and in defence of the Welfare State on Saturday 1st October in London.
In Britain, the appeal for the conference is supported by Tony Benn, Len McCluskey (Unite General Secretary), Bob Crow (RMT General Secretary), John McDonnell MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caoline Lucas MP, Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, Ken Loach, Kate Hudson, Imran Khan (the People’s Charter), Chris Bambery (Secretary Right to Work campaign), Clare Solomon (President ULU Students Union) and Lee Jasper BARAC.

The Coalition of Resistance is currently approaching trade-unions, social movements and progressive organisations in other countries to join with us in the preparation for this conference, and planning for a common response.

We hope that this conference will be a step towards co-ordinating the resistance by agreeing to European-wide action against Austerity and in Defence of our Welfare State. In every cou…

Evangelicals support Gay Christian pilgrimage

This encourages me!

Jeremy Marks, director of Courage UK, an evangelical group supportive of gay, lesbian and bisexual people, said: ‘Symon Hill’s pilgrimage of repentance is one of those projects that truly warms and encourages the heart of any gay person, because it recognises deeply held views yet illustrates the process of repentance in a very real and inspiring way. Let us pray that Symon’s example will inspire many others to reconsider their views and similarly repent of their homophobia.’

Find out more about the pilgrimage of repentance, including the dates and times of talks, at

The Unfair Fare Dodge! A railway adventure

16 April, 12 noon

Dressed as The Railway Children (as much tweed as you can manage!) we will
hold a rally at Monument station before taking red flannel petticoats and
flags to the railway platform. From there you’re invited to join the
Unfair Fare Dodge as we pay a reasonable fare for a 30 mile journey (we’ll
pay the amount you would pay for the equivalent journey in Europe). Our
government plans to increase fares a massive 31% over the next 4 years. To
cut carbon emissions, we need to cut - not increase - train fares. We can
do something about that.

Organised by Climate Rush
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RCN Nurses say up yours Lansley!

Well that was the sentiment if not the exact word used in the RCN motion.

The Lib Dems and Cons want to destroy the NHS, although lets be honest Labour were having a good go at making it into a market too.

NHS is life and death for us in the UK, great the nurses are up for a fight.

The RCN conference passed the no confidence motion in the health minister with a huge majority.

Going to be interesting to see if he still goes to theri conference.

Also interesting to see how many seats the Lib Dems lose in the local elections.

Every Lib Dem that wins a seat is a nail in the coffin, lets take the nails out and save the NHS.

Green Party calls on RCN to revolt to save the NHS

Stuart Jeffery, the Green Party's health spokesperson has called on nurses to unite against the draft Health and Social Care Bill.

Stuart, himself a registered nurse, has written to the Royal College of Nursing's president, Andrea Spyropoulos, and its general secretary, Peter Carter, calling for the RCN to come out fighting against the devatating changes to the NHS being driven through by the coalition government. He has pointed out that the internal market deprives the NHS of up to half a million nurses.

"At a time when nurses are propping up the NHS with increasing levels of unpaid overtime and clinicians are becoming concerned about the NHS reforms, the RCN needs to take a strong stance against the government's NHS reforms. (1) The quality of care is suffering as cuts bite into the NHS, and yet the government wants to waste even more increasing the scope of the internal market and in privatising more hospitals. (2) This is simply immoral.

"There is enough money …

Mirrar block uranium mining in solidarity with Japanese

The Mirrar People have renewed their opposition to the multibillion-dollar
Jabiluka uranium deposit in Australia's Northern territory, declaring their
wish, in solidarity with the people of Japan, to include the deposit as part of
the UNESCO world heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

In a recent letter to UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon (PDF), Mirrar Elder
Yvonne Margarula lamented [...]

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Chris Bambery sets up new socialist party in Scotland!

I think I am more sympathetic to the SWP but lets see, these left group do multiple don't they.

glad to b green, less multiple splits.....

Dear CC and Party Members,

We, the undersigned, are writing to inform you of our resignation from the Socialist Workers Party. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly: for all of us, it is an immense emotional and political strain to abandon an organisation in which we have invested countless hours.

Following the last split from the Party we were told there would be an end to factionalism. It is our position that this was not followed out in practice: factionalism persists at the very centre of the organisation. Allegations have been made against some of us and will undoubtedly continue. However, we have been committed to building the party as well as intervening in the anti-cuts movement, both on campuses and through Right to Work as well as relating to the Arab revolutions. We have not departed from the party line; indeed, we have been …